A Safe Return to Health Services – restoring services in a COVID Environment
The HSE has published a schedule for our Safe Return to Health Services that were curtailed during the initial response to COVID-19 since March. While many services were protected during COVID, and many are now returning, there remain challenges in some areas, and there is a need to take extra care to protect both patients, service users and our staff delivering care. Read more about the schedule here.
Watch Bernard O’Regan, Head of Strategy and Planning HSE Disability Services, explain the safe return of adult disability services here.
Guidance on Visitation to Residential Care Facilities
With effect from 29th July, the guidance around visiting residential care facilities is changing. You can find the updated guidance here.
Face Coverings in Shops
Many thanks for your support to date in sharing the message about the importance of wearing face coverings. By law you have to wear a face covering when you use public transport, and regulations on the mandatory wearing of face coverings in shops are also being developed. You can find posters encouraging the wearing of face coverings here.
Updated Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communications Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic and the wearing of face coverings have made communication challenging for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing who may rely on lip-reading. HSE COVID-19 resources for use by Healthcare workers and people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing have recently been updated and can be found here. These resources include guidelines for staff, communication supports and videos in Irish Sign Language.
Updated World Service Videos
The COVID-19 World Service is a joint initiative of Nasc and Together Ireland and includes video messages in a range of languages. These videos have recently been updated and can be found at: https://nascireland.org/covid-19-world-service.
GOV.ie advice on Travel and Education
The GOV.ie website has been updated recently with new information about travel to and from Ireland, and with details on the plan to return to primary and post-primary education. You can read more about these here:
Public Health Information:
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/. Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on www.hpsc.ie where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.